Two evenings of hot jazz, cool drinks, and tasty barbecue and ribs in Veteran’s Park! Area restaurants bring out their best barbecue and plenty of fixin’s… a perfect complement to two great nights of blues and jazz!
The Urban Jazz Coalition is one of the hottest contemporary jazz groups to come onto the scene in some time, and they have created a major buzz on the national festival circuit over the past few years. When asked why this group is generating so much excitement in smooth jazz circles, former Radio & Records columnist Carol Archer was quoted as follows: “A lot of artists aspire to sound as tight and as funky as The Urban Jazz Coalition, but these gentlemen really do pull it off…and how!” With the success of the band’s previous releases and the positive buzz generated by their energetic performances on the national festival circuit, UJC definitely has strong momentum!
Friday, July 15, 2011 – 5:00 pm
Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy-nominated guitarist/composer and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (“Aruba,” “Kenya,” “Morocco,” Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, et al). But The Ripps’ latest Peak Records recording Cote D’Azur–inspired by Freeman’s passion for the French people and the storied region of the French Riviera—is more than simply the latest stamp on Freeman’s well traveled passport. Wind up the Summer Arts Festival at our Rhythm and Ribs Fest and settle in for a smooth evening with The Ripps!
Saturday, July 16, 2011 – 8:00 PM
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Turner Pavilion, Veteran’s Park, 117 S Fountain Ave, Springfield, Ohio